After many years of photographing nature in color with 35mm cameras, I moved into the world of black and white large format photography. Tom Potter, photographer and naturalist, expanded my vision of photography by introducing me to the history of photography and the great masters who inspire and define photography as fine art. In addition, Tom taught me the technical skills of black and white film photography and the artistry of darkroom printing. Additional studies with master printer/photographer, Howard Bond of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and John Sexton of Carmel Valley, California were important in my progress.
INDIANA - Indianapolis: Holliday Park, University of Indianapolis Art Gallery, Agio Restaurant, Raymond James Downtown Office,
Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, Bookmamas Book Store, IDADA Member Juried shows
Bloomington: Pictura Gallery
Muncie: Gallery 308
KENTUCKY - Louisville: Paul Paletti Gallery collection; Louisville Visual Art Association Juried Show 2014
MASSACHUSETTS - Concord: the Tsongas Gallery at Walden Pond, the Emerson Umbrella art center
MINNESOTA - St. Anthony: Silverwood Park Art Gallery
In January 2008 my botanical photography was featured on the cover and as the lead article in View Camera Magazine, an international journal of large format photography
I am interested in each contemporary plant in my vicinity….
They are cohabitants with me of this part of the planet, and they bear familiar names. Yet how essentially wild they are!
Henry D. Thoreau - "Journal", June 5, 1857
The images in Gayle Moore’s Wild Harmonies reveal a sensitivity that far exceeds the line and form displayed within these pages. Her eye is ever alert to Nature’s secrets as revealed in her choice of the accompanying Thoreau quotes. Her work, unpretentious, brings us to pause and carefully explore the rich simplicity of her emphasis on shape, texture, and line displayed in these photographs. The subtle curl of a single beech leaf best illustrates the mystique of Gayle’s vision. Magically floating on the page, the leaf displays the profound beauty and power of Nature’s creative hand. And in Gayle’s photograph the leaf lives on as if challenging us to open our lives to the infinite wonders of that same natural world.
Thomas A. Potter, Naturalist, Photographer, President of the Thoreau Society